Capitol Hill Buzz: Warren, Trump duel again on Twitter

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Posted: May 11, 2016 7:49 PM
Capitol Hill Buzz: Warren, Trump duel again on Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren has taken to Twitter again to bash Donald Trump, the latest in a series of Internet "tweetstorms" calling Trump on the carpet for his treatment of women and his insults toward her.

The Massachusetts Democrat has far fewer followers than Trump and she is a cleaner Twitter fighter than the bombastic billionaire. But she is scrappy.

"Your policies are dangerous. Your words are reckless. Your record is embarrassing. And your free ride is over," @elizabethforma tweeted to her 399K followers on Wednesday, capping her latest volley.

Warren's Wednesday missives came shortly after @realDonaldTrump lobbed a couple of anti-Warren tweets to his 8.1M followers. "Goofy Elizabeth Warren has been one of the least effective Senators in the entire U.S. Senate. She has done nothing!" Trump tweeted.

A few days ago, Trump bragged on the medium that he was driving her "nuts."

On Wednesday, Warren wrote: "No, @realDonaldTrump - your racism, sexism & xenophobia doesn't drive me nuts. It makes me sick. And I'm not alone."


Dr. Phil is making a House call on drug abuse and foster care. Actually, a House and Senate call.

The television personality and psychologist — whose real name is Phil McGraw — plans to meet Thursday with lawmakers to discuss the link between the nation's growing drug addiction problem and children in foster care. His visit comes as the House works through a stack of bills aimed at helping prevent and treat abuse of opioids, which are addictive pain killing medications.

Child advocates say the number of children entering foster care because their parents have drug problems is growing faster than any other reason they are removed from their families.

McGraw will be talking to members of the House and Senate foster youth caucuses, informal organizations where lawmakers discuss the issue. Leaders of those organizations include Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.


A Republican-run House panel says it is investigating a veteran abortion doctor who has practiced in Maryland and Nebraska.

The committee said it has issued subpoenas to Dr. LeRoy Carhart and to eight institutions in Maryland, including hospitals and a local police and fire department.

Carhart, who has performed what opponents call late-term abortions, has been targeted in the past by anti-abortion organizations. One group released a secretly recorded video in 2013 showing him discussing the procedure.

According to his clinic's website, Carhart was an associate of Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion provider in Kansas who was fatally shot by an abortion foe in 2009.

Republicans created the panel last year in reaction to covertly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes furnish fetal tissue to researchers. The organization has said it broke no laws and said the videos were edited misleadingly, and no evidence of illegal action has been revealed.

Democrats have said the panel, headed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is on a witch hunt and should be disbanded.

Carhart and the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado and Louise Slaughter of New York, two leading abortion-rights proponents, called the subpoenas "demagoguery" that they said would "demonize people performing constitutionally protected health procedures and exposes all involved to threats and potential violence."